Steven Gladstone

4 weeks ago
Now available at B&H Photo, the Panasonic VariCam LT is a smaller, lighter version of the Varicam35 that features the same sensor and shares many features of the larger version....
4 weeks ago
Way back when I was in college, a young director came to speak to my class and share his experiences with making, for the time, a moderately budgeted film. Nearly 30 years later, I can still remember him saying that a location day costs $150 a minute. That meant arriving on set, walking over to craft services, and getting a cup of coffee—cha-ching! $150. Drinking the coffee—cha-ching! That’s...
4 weeks ago
What many people may not realize is just how important the A.D. department is to a production. In the following article, I interview three past and present Assistant Directors about the role of the AD on a film. Tempus Fugit A good AD can keep a production moving along, accomplishing the day’s work, while allowing the director to get not only the minimum number of shots they need to tell their...
1 month ago
First, congratulations. You’ve finished your film. It is edited, color corrected, scored, mixed, and you’ve added the credits. Plus, you’ve already found the venue for your cast, crew, friends, and family screening. What is next? Well, that depends on you. Are you ready for the next step? Which to choose: festivals, distribution—both? Festivals Festivals are a great way to meet other filmmakers,...
1 month ago
A critique is one of the most powerful tools that can help a creative person grow. And it isn’t just a matter of getting a critique of your work that can be powerful; learning to deliver a critique well can also help you improve your own work. What is important to understand is what a critique is and what a critique is not. A critique is a carefully thought-out response, and not an opportunity to...
1 month ago
Before the rise of the anarchy of digital video, analog video was ruled by engineers at virtually every step of production, post production, and delivery. There were rules that had to be adhered to very strictly to ensure that your footage met the technical requirements of broadcasters. Remember, NTSC was instituted in the 1940s, (PAL appeared about a decade later). So, making sure that your...
1 month ago
Atomos announces two 7" on-camera monitors/recorders that feature HDR, 10-bit panels, and 1500 nit brightness: the Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame...
2 months ago
As tempting as it is to create fanfare about getting my hands on a pre-release version of Sony's 4K professional camcorder, the reality was very much like the camera itself: quiet, and to all appearances, unassuming. There is quite a bit that I liked about the PXW-Z150, things that most people...
3 months ago
In the world of film production, a Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) can be many things. Depending on the scope of the production, the scope of their job is constantly evolving. Taking advantage of the wonders of email, I checked in with a few working DITs to get a better understanding of their complex and ever-changing job. What became apparent quickly was that although most people in the...
3 months ago
Leveraging the power of your iPhone as part of the hardware and software of a wireless lens-control system, the ikan PD Movie Air Pro can control lens motors wirelessly from up to three hundred feet away. The unit includes three interchangeable clamps...
3 months ago
Color can be one of your greatest allies in the creative process. Even more than color itself, the assurance that your color balance looks as good as possible, is accurate from capture to export, and is consistent from screen to screen can be paramount to sharing your vision with others. To achieve this control over color, a color calibration process is a necessity. The Two Pillars When...
3 months ago
Filling the production void in 4K PTZ controlled cameras, Panasonic introduces the AW-UE70, available in white or black. As production has moved from SD to HD and now 4K (UHD), PTZ cameras have often lagged behind, but not...
4 months ago
January 6, 2016  Getting a jump on CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2016, Sony has announced two new HD Handycams, one 4K Handycam, and a new Action Cam that will be available at the end of February. The new cameras feature exciting improvements to image and audio quality and camera functionality. 4K Consumer Production and Just a Little Bit...
4 months ago
Grabbing the spotlight one day early, Eastman Kodak announced a commitment to Super 8 by unveiling a New Super 8 camera at CES 2016. The camera, still only a prototype, is projected to be available later this year, and combines a retro design with digital functionality to bring Super 8, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary, into the digital age. A spokesperson for Kodak has pointed out that...
4 months ago
The Catalyst Production Suite, from Sony, comprises Catalyst Prepare and Catalyst Edit. These are two 4K-capable programs designed for production and post production. Catalyst Prepare is a robust software package with many options to help you get your footage from media cards to your editing system. Catalyst...

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